West Sussex’s vision for reducing health inequalities to go before the Health and Wellbeing Board


Release date: 17 April 2019

The vision for improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities at every stage of life will be officially launched at the next meeting of the West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board next week.

Over the last year the West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board has worked hard to strengthen its links with the District and Borough Local Health and Wellbeing Partnerships as well as the wider community and as a result of this, the refreshed Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for West Sussex (2019-2024) will be officially launched at its next meeting on Thursday 25 April.

Members of the board will meet at County Hall in Chichester from 1pm for their quarterly meeting, during which the new Joint Health and Wellbeing Board Strategy will be signed off.

Start Well, Live and Work Well, Age Well is the vision which sets out strategic goals and outcomes for the health and social care system in West Sussex putting prevention at the heart of what we do and outlining key challenges at different stages of life.  It will give a clear vision and inform health and care organisations on their planning, commissioning and vision of services.

Considerable work has gone into the preparation of the strategy, which has seen the county council’s public health team work closely with the NHS, the voluntary sector and the seven district and borough councils.

The county council has also worked very closely with HealthWatch to ensure that patients’ voices have been clearly heard as part of the strategy. 

Amanda Jupp, Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board said: “As a board we have a duty to create a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy in order to improve the health and wellbeing of residents in West Sussex and together with our partners we have compiled this comprehensive strategy which will take us through to 2024.

“There is no doubt that it is an ambitious strategy and no one organisation can do it alone, but together we have set out our vision, identifying goals and outcomes where in partnership and joint working we will be able to make a difference and improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for our residents."

The Health and Wellbeing Board is made up of leaders from the county council, district and borough councils, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, members of the voluntary sector and HealthWatch.

Its purpose is to improve the health and wellbeing of residents as well as reduce the inequality gaps in health and wellbeing between communities, while ensuring joined-up working in services across the county.

The Health and Wellbeing Board’s meetings are held in a different public venue each time to ensure it is accessible to all residents in West Sussex.

The full agenda can be found here:  https://westsussex.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=185&MId=2068&Ver=4 

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